Unplug on Kapas Island.
Unplug on Kapas Island
One of the lesser know and visited Islands of Malaysia. Only 30min small boat ride, Island Taxi, off the coast of Marang in the state of Terengganu you’ll find the small island of Pulau Kapas.
The island was also known as Cotton Island. Today the locals will tell you, it’s because of the white, soft, sandy beaches. But that’s just a tourist story. The real reason - Cotton Island use to be the place where pirates were hanged from the trees with white cotton cloth. Some of the long time residents still believe the island is haunted.
If it wasn’t for the rocky eastern shore, it would be easy to circumnavigate this small island in an hour. The west of the island is blessed with long soft sandy beaches that is almost deserted most of the year. With so few tourist, it’s not hard to find your own little secluded spot and not see another person for entire day.
Given the size of the island, you shouldn't expect too many activities on offer. And I found only one small shop/restaurant at the jetty where you will be able to plug into unreliable internet. So if you are addicted to the web, brig your own mobile internet. But the few things that you can do, will keep you busy day and night.
Aside from the beautiful soft beaches, the other attraction here is the underwater world. And you don’t have to be a scuba diver to enjoy it. Snorkelling here is often better because of good visibility in the shallow water. The water is warm, and most days clear enough, to spend hours floating around and above the reefs in total owe of the abundant marine life.
Come night fall and you will probably look for a place where you can energise yourself with good food after a long day of hard work. Luckily there are a few places to choose from. Most people opt for the more crowded (and I use that word very loosely) KBC beach area. They serve western and Malay food and on Fridays they have excellent BBQs with a big variety of sea food. My favourite places were the small restaurants where you can find very cheap and good traditional food. Another popular place for dinner is Koko restaurant. Although the food is good, be prepared to pay more and go there about two hours BEFORE you get hungry. You WILL wait a very long time for your food. In all of these places, don’t expect to get cheap beer. In fact, I found it to be ever more expensive than some pubs in the U.K.
Accommodation is not exactly cheap either, if you are on a tight budget like me. The cheapest option is camping at one of the few camp sites. But then you have to deal with the humidity and heat and sleeping outside is not an option unless you have a mosquito net. The best comfortable option is “The Captains Long Room”. You can sleep under a mosquito net in a long room with a few fans cooling the place.
To end a lazy day here, it can be made almost perfect by sitting on the beach under clear skies, watching the stars above you while big thunder storms roll over the mainland.
Keywords: Beach, Island, Kapas, Malaysia, Paradise, Relax, Sand, Scuba Malaysia, Snorkelling, Stars, Travel
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